Louis Saha explains why former France teammate Zidane is perfect for Man United

Manchester United are on the lookout for a permanent manager this summer when Ralf Rangnick‘s current interim deal expires.

The German coach signed a contract with the club until the end of the season. After a slow start, United’s form has begun to pick up in recent weeks. They are on a two-game winning run in all competitions, having beaten Brentford 3-1 and recorded a 1-0 victory over West Ham.

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The club are linked with numerous potential managerial candidates. Sky Sports reported back in November that Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino was “interested” in taking over the role.

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There have also been links to Ajax boss Eric Ten Hag and Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui. Rangnick himself could even stay on as manager. But one option that sticks in the mind of Man United fans is Zinedine Zidane.

Louis Saha delivers verdict on Zidane Man United switch

Zidane can undoubtedly count on the support of a former Man United striker if he does intend on moving to Manchester.

Louis Saha played for United between 2004 and 2008. The Frenchman scored 42 goals in 124 appearances in all competitions for the club. He also won four trophies, including the Champions League in 2008. He knows Manchester United inside and out.

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Speaking exclusively to Genting Casino, Saha backed his former France teammate Zidane to succeed at United, and believes he is a great option to take over from Rangnick.

He explained: “I think Zidane would be the perfect fit. Maybe Manchester United need to become more of an attractive proposition to get him – I don’t know. For me, Zidane is the best candidate.

“As a manager, he would improve the confidence of some players. Look at what Zidane has won, not just as a player, but in management. He also has a history of developing young players and brought some to a level they never expected.

“I really like his profile, and I think he would do amazing things there.”

Saha also explained what he believes the new Man United manager needs to do to succeed and how Zidane would put that into practice.

“What is certain – any manager coming in will have to find the right way to communicate and, obviously, he will be helped, way more than the current manager, because of who he is,” Saha said.

“If he were to join I feel confident he would be an amazing success.”

Saha and Zidane’s international careers

Louis Saha and Zinedine Zidane know each other well from their time with the French national team.

Saha’s international debut came in 2004, scoring his first goal against Belgium. However, mainly due to injuries, he did not feature for the national team again until 2006. He was chosen for the World Cup squad that year – Zidane’s last tournament before his retirement from football.

Unfortunately for Saha, he missed the World Cup final against Italy due to suspension. France lost on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

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Zidane scored the opening goal of the game in the seventh minute. He was then infamously sent off in extra time for a headbutt on Marco Materazzi.

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